The PanAfGeo community met in Cape Town during the course of the “Investing in African Mining” Indaba week and the activities were successfully concluded, along with the Communication, Dissemination and Dialogue (Work Package H) training session.
A booth for PanAfGeo and AfricaMaVal was located in the exhibition hall for the duration of the event. The booth provided valuable insights into the mining industry in Africa and showcased the potential for future collaborations and partnerships.
On the 7th of February, a bilateral meeting was held with EGS, the Organisation of African Geological Surveys (OAGS), the Council for Geoscience (CGS), the French Geological Survey (BRGM), the European Commission, and the EU Delegation to South Africa. The discussion centred on possible synergies with African projects, strategic partnerships, and future initiatives. EGS and OAGS Presidents, Mr Christophe Poinssot and Ms Rokhaya Samba Diene, were also present during the meeting.
On the 8th of February, a meeting was held with Commissioner H.E. Albert M. Muchanga, the Commissioner for Trade and Industry for the African Union Commission and his team, at the exhibition booth. The meeting presented the status of the PanAfGeo and AfricaMaVal projects, and future activities were discussed.
On the 9th of February, a discussion was held on the Governance (Work Package F) of PanAfGeo-2 with Mr Jasper Donker from the Geological Survey of the Netherlands (TNO) and BRGM.
On the 10th of February, a one-day communication training session was held, which provided valuable insights to the trainees through theory and practice on science communication. The training began with an opening session led by Ms Elisabetta Sartorel (Policy Officer, European Commission, DG INTPA), Ms Rokhaya Samba Diene (President, OAGS), Mr Mosa Mabuza (Chief Executive Officer, Council for Geoscience) and Jean-Claude Guillaneau (PanAfGeo-2 Coordinator, BRGM). The interactive training session empowered the trainees to apply their training to developing a suite of communication products. During the training session, the participants were asked to develop a communication product of their own related to their Geological Survey.
The PanAfGeo-2 Mining Indaba activities and WP-H Communication training session were a resounding success. The events provided valuable insights into the mining industry, potential partnerships, and collaborations in Africa.